NEO Magazine Issue 2 - Page 65

A farmer produces more wheat than his caloric desire for bread needs to consume. As such, exchanging representational value that can be used for something other than bread makes sense. The concept of money - a unit of temporary stored representational value - is entirely rational in community. But the moment a community decides to “value” the farmer using a monetary metric based on a bumper crop in one year and a drought the next, neither the community nor the utility serve their purpose. An astute observer realizes that over the course of modern human societies, conscription to military service and minting of money are the two most ubiquitous features of power and control fiercely controlled by the imperialist state. By no coincidence, both of these usurpations of human sovereignty frequently appeal to religion for their justification: battle cries, “For God and Country”, and money emblazoned with “In God We Trust” are neither random nor accidental. And in the past 150 years, tolerance for community expressions of peaceful coexistence and currency has greatly diminished. Why are we vaccinated against challenging the consensus illusion we call money today? What would be so dangerous if people actually remembered the obligations they’ve made and repaid them in appropriate form or scale? It’s appropriate to examine the underpinnings of what we call “money” so that we can tell the difference between community recognized stored value units and imposed agencies of power, seduction, and control. Money: Imperial State Succour In the version of history we promote to justify our incumbent systems, we see taxation and tribute as far back as the first records of civilization on the fertile plains of the Tigris and Euphrates and the Nile Delta. As with all systems, the impulse for perpetual growth gives rise to the expediency of subterfuge schemes promoted as efficient or in the public interest. After a certain scale, a conqueror can no longer consume the fruit of the land and the product of labor and, refusing to discern sufficiency or enough, dictates monetary tax and tribute to fund greater expeditionary tyranny. Far from responding to the exigencies of seasonal value storage, money served as a means of anonymizing both production and the producer. And the more imperial the impulse, the more important the control of mintage. After all, it’s not just gold or silver - it’s gold and silver imprinted with the visage of the deity. Building absolute reliance on state-con-